Criminal records check (CRC)

Under the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) all registrants must undergo a criminal records check (CRC) if they work with or have unsupervised access to anyone under the age of 19 or vulnerable adults who receive health services other than acute care from certain health-care providers.

About criminal records checks

CRCs must be completed

  • every five years,
  • when a registrant changes their class of registration, or
  • when a registrant has been charged and/or convicted of an offence.

CRCs are administered by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), which is operated by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Relevant and specific offences include, but is not limited to:

  • sexual offences
  • violent offences
  • drug trafficking offences
  • theft
  • fraud
  • breach of trust

The College sends the information provided on the criminal record check authorization/application form to the CRRP. The CRRP arranges for a policing agency to conduct the CRC. The College will be notified if the check reveals no relevant record.

If there is a relevant or specified offence, a government-appointed adjudicator will review it to determine if the criminal record indicates a risk to children or dependent adults. The College will be notified and will take appropriate action if such a determination is made.

Criminal record check requirements

Here are the requirements to have a CRC completed:

  • applicants must submit a Canadian-notarized copy of a passport and driver’s licence
  • a registrant’s driver’s licence number on the Annual Licence Renewal Form, where available, for five-year rechecks
  • applicants and registrants undergoing a CRC may also be required to undergo fingerprinting

The requirement for fingerprinting, and the query parameters for who should undergo them, is based on the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) policy.

People who have the same combination of gender and date of birth as a known convicted offender must undergo fingerprinting to verify their identity. The vast majority of those fingerprinted will not have a suspended sexual offence. However, fingerprinting remains a necessity as it eliminates the possibility of an offender changing their name to circumvent a criminal record.

There are fees associated with fingerprinting. These fees are set and collected by a municipality’s police force. The College does not provide reimbursement for the cost of fingerprinting.

Sharing results within BC

Email to share the results of the CRC with another organization within BC.

Email the College to share the results with another organization within BC

Visit the ministry website for more information about public safety in British Columbia
Visit the RCMP website to learn more about the vulnerable sector check